Our Downers Grove Orthodontics team is extremely caring, knowledgeable, and will go beyond your expectations to provide a first-rate experience to every orthodontic patient. As a team we are dedicated to our patients and believe in excellence in all that we do. Since we all come from different backgrounds and cultures, we are able to offer orthodontic care in eight different languages, which allows us to cater to a wide group of patients!
We are young and energetic, with ages ranging from the twenties to the fifties. Our goal is to give our patients the best professional orthodontic care to enhance their smiles, and improve their overall self-confidence. We love our job and the feeling of making a difference in our patient’s lives is priceless!
Here are some of the friendly faces you will see when you visit our Downers Grove orthodontics office:
Julie is part of the front desk team of individuals who work hard to make your experience in the orthodontic world a pleasurable one. She is proud to assist in the treatment process by getting to know our patients and their families, plus making them all feel like part of the Downers Grove Orthodontics family. Julie also enjoys being a part of building relationships with local dentists through her role in the marketing department.
As a recent “empty-nester” whose youngest is now at University of Kentucky (Go Cats!), and with two older children who are graduates of Illinois State University (Go Redbirds!), when Julie isn’t at work, she’s home with her husband of 27 years. She is also proud to be the longest-sitting staff member of the fantastic team at Downers Grove Orthodontics, other than Dr. Balakrishnan.
Mustafa is from Iraq and graduated from Baghdad College of Dentistry. He’s a proud member of the Downers Grove Orthodontics team and considers himself lucky to be a working with such a great group of professionals, including his wife of five years, Massara. Through Dr. Balakrishnan’s guidance, Mustafa feels confidant his team can provide excellent results for all their patients. As a bilingual clinical assistant speaking English and Arabic, Mustafa helps Downers Grove Orthodontics reach more people in need of expert orthodontic care. Outside of work, you can catch him enjoying an exciting game of soccer.
Dana has been part of the Downers Grove Orthodontics team since July 2013. She loves working with children as a clinical assistant, and strives to create a good experience for our patients. She enjoys working for Dr. Balakrishnan as part of the Downers Grove Orthodontics family. Dana and her husband, Peter, have two children, Kimberly, who is in college, and Erik, who is in high school. She loves to spend her time having fun with her family, enjoying outdoor activities, and sports. Dana speaks English, Slovak, and Czech.
Blanka loves being a part of our front desk team! She is responsible for the smooth and efficient office operations so the doctor can fully concentrate on her patients. She enjoys working with Dr. B. and our team because they are all great people. Patient education and excellent customer service is what Downers Grove Orthodontics is dedicated to. She is fully invested in our goal to get amazing results for all our patients and do it in a friendly, fun environment.
Blanka has been married to Peter for over 20 years and they have three amazing children: Amy, Michelle and Matthew. Amy just graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Michelle is currently at the University of Illinois and Matthew is in the Salt Creek 48 School District. Blanka loves to read, watch movies, travel and spend time with friends and family. She enjoys volunteering for children’s activities, United Moravian Societies and her church, where she sings in the choir. She is fluent in English, Slovak and Czech.
Mae has been an Orthodontic Assistant since 2006. She loves everything about orthodontics and enjoys seeing our patient’s transformation from start to finish giving them that beautiful and healthy smile. She is a proud team member of Downers Grove Orthodontics and enjoys working alongside Dr. Balakrishnan. She especially enjoys building relationships with all our patients and building trust as we go through this journey with them.
When she is not at work, Mae loves spending time with her dog. She also enjoys listening to music and watching movies.
Mel is a clinical assistant and graduated from Dental School in Peru. She enjoys working with Dr. B. who constantly encourages all her employees to keep abreast with new technology by attending continuing education programs. Being bilingual in English and Spanish, Mel is able to help the Downers Grove Orthodontics family deliver excellent care to all our patients. She especially loves treating little kids and has the knack to make them feel comfortable. She loves seeing the smiles of our patients transform with orthodontic treatment. .
Outside the office, Mel enjoys spending time with her daughter, Isabella. She is amazing! She also like to exercise and travel.
Vanessa is part of the clinical team and has the important job of sterilizing instruments in the office. She loves working here at Downers Grove Orthodontics because she gets to meet new people everyday.
Vanessa is a junior at Downers Grove North High School and aspires to have a career in dentistry. In her free time she is part of the costume design team in the theater department at school.
Enjoying the challenge of orthodontics with a great teacher, Dr. Balakrishnan and my wonderful teammates.
Our 5-star-rated orthodontic team is ready to welcome YOU! Call 630.515.2727 or click here to request your complimentary, no-obligation Downers Grove Orthodontics Smile Assessment. Your free, new patient appointment includes a complete oral exam and health history, digital x-rays, an office tour, and a consultation with Dr. Balakrishnan – a $400 value!